US WARSHIP FIRES SHOTS AT BOATS

US WARSHIP FIRES SHOTS AT BOATS

A U.S. warship fired a flare and machine gun warning shots at a pair of fishing boats on Monday as it sailed up the Persian Gulf in a convoy just hours after entering the waterway for the first time.

A U.S. military official, asking not to be identified, said the landing dock ship Trenton took the action after it observed two apparent Boghammar- type boats coming toward it, about 30 miles off the coast of Dubai, about 3 p.m. (1100 GMT).He said the Trenton issued two verbal warnings, which were ignored, and as the boats approached to about 3,000 meters (3,300 yards), it fired a flare and bursts of .50-caliber machine gun fire, at which time the craft stopped, then veered off toward the northeast.

A helicopter sent up from the frigate John A. Moore later confirmed through observation that both were fishing boats and neither was hit or damaged, the official added.